IV of Spades’ bassist and frontman Zild Benitez is flying solo once again, dropping his latest single ‘Kyusi’ under Rico Blanco’s Balcony Entertainment.

It appears that the 23-year-old singer has had his fair share of teenage love struggles, as ‘Kyusi’ tells a coming-of-age story about his first love. The song, which is, judging by its title, draws from Zild’s experiences in Quezon City, was released on various streaming platforms at the stroke of Midnight Wednesday, February 10.

A music video came on the same day, which features Zild as a schoolboy in a variety of metaphorical situations, such as drawing lines on a wall with charcoal and swaying with an empty dress on his arm as if he’s imagining he’s dancing with someone.

Zild, who has impressed music enthusiasts with his unique musical style and boundary-pushing releases, reveals that ‘Kyusi’ is him coming back to his 18-year-old self.

“It also is a song about acceptance,” he adds. “In fact, I find that with the new songs I am writing, I finally overcame my fear of telling specific, personal stories – this is me being honest, at peace with my personal experiences and attempting to relate my personal experiences to the listeners. These stories are damaging, funny and peaceful all at the same time.”

‘Kyusi’ follows his 2020 album ‘Homework Machine,’ which was ranked #2 on NME’s Top 25 albums in Asia last year. While it still carries those dreamy harmonies and lush vocals that we’ve totally adored about his debut album, ‘Kyusi’ leans more towards an organic sound– something that’s far from the highly electronic/synthesizer-type of sound that ‘Homework Machine’ has. It’s a clear indication that Zild is heading in a new direction again, and we can’t wait to hear what’s next.

Read more: Zild Benitez Drops First Solo Album, “Homework Machine”

Watch the official music video for Kyusi here!


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